Ex-Valve Veteran Joins Microsoft To Improve Windows As Games Platform

By Ishaan . August 14, 2013 . 9:30am

Jason Holtman, a Valve veteran that helped shape the company’s Steam service for a number of years, has joined Microsoft, reports GamesIndustry.biz.


Holtman, who left Valve in February under unspecified circumstances, confirmed the move, adding that his new focus at Microsoft will be on Windows as a games platform.


“Yes, I have joined Microsoft where I will be focusing on making Windows a great platform for gaming and interactive entertainment,” Holtman stated. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for Microsoft to deliver the games and entertainment customers want and to work with developers to make that happen, so I’m excited to be here.”


During his tenure at Valve, Holtman was the primary point of contact for numerous developers that released their games on the Steam service. His joining Microsoft presumably indicates that the company is still interested in pushing PC gaming.


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  • Grape Monet

    Ironic, considering Valve was founded by ex-Microsoft employees. Seems we’ve come full circle.

    • I don’t know about circles. Now I’m sure he’s going to have a lot more rectangles in his pocket doing this…

      • I see what you did there, lol

      • malek86

        Well, if he does like Scrooge, he’ll have lots of circles too.

  • Pockystix

    he was seduced by the power of the dark side. . .

  • Windows is already a great game platform. It doesn’t need Microsoft help. It didn’t need EA’s or Ubisofts either.

    • Spirit Macardi

      Yeah, Windows is such a great and stable platform that doesn’t waste any resour- HAHAHAHAHA! XD

      I’m sorry, couldn’t finish that sentence with a straight face x3;

  • Soma

    “Holtman, who left Valve in February under unspecified circumstances, confirmed the move …”

    I’m pretty sure that an unspecified dollar amount would account for Holtman leaving Valve. ;)

  • DCBlackbird

    Who else better than the G-MAN?

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